Master of Science in Architecture (MS)

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Architecture is a 30 credit hour degree focusing on emerging research critical to the architectural profession, which requires expertise that exceeds current criteria for accredited professional degrees.  This non-professional degree curriculum is made up of core requirements (research methods and interdisciplinary skills) and research-based concentration areas.

For more information about the Design Computation concentration, contact Eric Sauda.

For more information about the Design Science concentration, contact Kyoung-Hee Kim.

Admission Requirements


M.S. in Architecture applicants must identify a potential research focus to be articulated as a part of their application in the Statement of Purpose.  In addition to identifying a potential research focus, admission is based on an applicant’s previous academic credentials, TOEFL scores (for international students), and a portfolio of material illustrative of the applicant’s research interests such as reports, writing samples, computational models, etc.).

The minimum admission requirements for the M.S. in Architecture at UNC Charlotte are:

  • An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • An overall undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale)
    • SoA UNC Charlotte B.Arch or M.Arch degree holders with a 3.5 GPA or above are eligible to be considered for admission to the M.S. in Architecture by submitting the Graduate School application and Statement of Purpose
  • A minimum TOEFL score of 220 (computer-based), 557 (paper-based), or 83 (Internet-based) or a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5 required from any applicant whose native language is not English

The above admission requirements include the minimum admission standards for the UNC Charlotte Graduate School. 

Documents To Be Submitted For Admission

Application to the M.S. in Architecture follows existing Graduate School and School of Architecture admissions processes.  The UNC Charlotte application process is completely online.

To apply for graduate studies in the School of Architecture, all applicants must submit the following application materials to the UNC Charlotte Office of Graduate Admissions :

  • Graduate School Application for Admission (online)
  • Application Fee (payable online)
  • Unofficial transcripts from all previous college-level institution(s) attended (submitted online)
  • Official TOEFL scores
    • A minimum TOEFL score of 220 (computer-based), 557 (paper-based), or 83 (internet-based) or a minimum IELTS band score of 6.5 required from any applicant whose native language is not English
  • A statement of purpose (essay indicating research interest and potential faculty advisor) submitted online as part of the application submission process
  • Three recommendations (submitted online by recommenders)
  • A resume (submitted online)
  • Digital Portfolio (20-page PDF document submitted online; this portfolio may include samples of writing, research, computation, and/or design-based projects)
    • SoA UNC Charlotte B.Arch or M.Arch degree holders with a 3.5 GPA or above are eligible to be recommended for automatic admission to the School of Architecture and are not required to submit separate application materials such as a portfolio

Degree Requirements